|A TAILOR-MADE GOLF TOUR
This very special offer is available on a first-come basis to individuals or groups. A maximum of 20 golfers can be accommodated on the tour. Offer closes 28th February 2009 or earlier when filled. The itinerary may be subject to minor alterations. Non-golfer cost is €695. A supplement of €300 applies for single room occupancy. For enquiries, more information or to book please call us or e-mail Irene.
SOUTHWEST GOLF GEMS
(Dooks, Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion Old & Cashen, Doonbeg)
JUST €1,295 PER GOLFER
Early morning arrivals are transferred to Bunratty Village. Breakfast will be available and the Folk Park opens at 9:00 a.m. Our luxury coach will depart Bunratty Village at ~ 11:30 a.m. for Killarney stopping for lunch in the pretty village of Adare.
Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages. On the River Maigue the main street boasts many fine examples of thatched cottages (several housing excellent restaurants). The principal feature of Adare however are the three abbeys (Franciscan, Augustinian and Trinitarian) and Desmond Castle.
Accommodation for 3 nights in the Dromhall Hotel. Killarney’s famous mountain scenes provide a truly magnificent backdrop for this 4**** hotel, conveniently located a mere 5 minutes walk from Killarney town centre. Within easy reach of the National Park, Lakes, Ross Castle, Muckross House and the region's famous Golf Courses.
Killarney is Ireland's tourist capital and was founded specifically as such for its scenic location. The Lakes of Killarney are situated in the shadows of the Macgillicudy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. Around Killarney the principal attractions are the Gap of Dunloe, Muckross House and Gardens, Muckross Abbey and the nearby Killarney National Park that includes Torc Waterfall and Ladies View.
Transfer to Dooks Golf Club near Glenbeigh (45 minutes).
Play Dooks Golf Links
Dooks is a high quality, traditional links in a superb location overlooking Dingle Bay and the entrance to Castlemaine Harbour. If one were to play a round with old fashioned equipment and gutta perch golf balls this would be the course. Recent modernisation has taken away some of the more severe quirks, some not to be missed others - such as the bowl shaped 13th green - a nostalgic loss. The 13th best illustrated the charm of Dooks. It was a throwback hole to the time when golf began (golf beagn at Dooks in 1889 making it one of the odlest courses in Ireland). Greens lay where they fell and we better for it. Set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay, in the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye catching distraction. For the golfer seeking a truly magical location to enjoy good links golf, Dooks presents a convincing case.
Returning to Killarney we will visit the specacular Gap of Dunloe.
Overnight Dromhall Hotel.
Todays journey takes us around the Ring of Kerry -- Ireland's foremost tourist route, circumnavigating the Iveragh Peninsula west of Killarney. The northern section takes us to Killorglin and on to Glenbeigh where the magnificent views of Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula beyond come into view. You pass through the town of Caherciveen - reputed to have more pubs per head of population than any other Irish town - before turning south towards Waterville.
Play Waterville Golf Links
A firm favourite with visiting golfers, Waterville is a spectacular links on the shores of Ballinskelligs Bay. Golf had been played here from the late 19th century, Waterville Golf Club having been established by the Marconi engineers working on the nearby Trans-Atlantic Cable. With the decline of the cable the golf club struggled and ceased to exit by the late 1950's. Eddie Hackett and Claude Harmon undertook the design and Waterville reopened for play in 1973. The original nine holes were reconfigured and expanded to create today’s front nine. Its layout was designed as a contrast to the more rugged and exposed back nine, yet it quickly introduces the player to the complexity and beauty of links golf. The testing begins early at Waterville with the first hole named “Last Easy”, and ends with the challenging and scenic “O’ Gradys Beach”.
After golf visit we return to Killarney along the breathtaking southern section of the Ring of Kerry. Stop for refreshment in the village of Sneem before ascending to Moll's Gap and descending to Killarney via Ladies View and Torc Waterfall.
Overnight Dromhall Hotel.
Check-out from the Dromhall Hotel and depart Killarney for the shores of Banna Strand at Barrow (1 hour).
Play Tralee Golf Links
Arnold Palmer's first European design on the shores of Barrow Bay and with great views of Banna Strand. When he first saw the area upon which his company was to build Tralee golf links, Palmer was ecstatic about the possibilities. "I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course" Tralee features probably the finest homeward nine holes in Ireland, each one spectacular and each one offering breathtaking views of the beach and ocean. As you climb the hill to at the long and difficult 11th (Palmer's Peak) the dramatic views unfold. From here a series of outstanding links holes provide a white-knuckle golf ride through the dunes, with the scenery your only friend! Possibly somewhat unfair, but totally unforgettable. "I designed the first nine but surely God designed the back nine", Palmer explained. "I am happy that we have one of the worlds' great golf links here."
Transfer to Ballybunion (40 minutes).
Check-in to Teach de Broc. Teach de Broc is an award winning 4**** Guesthouse opposite Ballybunion Golf Club. The proprietors, Aoife and Seamus Brock, together with their valued staff aim to provide friendly, attentive service within the ambient setting of their Irish home. This home has been tailored for guests comfort, and includes an elevator to assist easy access to all rooms. Dinner is available in Strollers Bistro.
Ballybunion is a seaside resort on the north Kerry coast. The high-sand dunes that contain the 36 holes of Ballybunion Golf Club are to the south while to the north is a spectacular coastline dominated by high cliffs. There are miles of safe, sandy beaches and at Ladies Strand the therapeutic effects of a hot seaweed bath has long been recognised.
Play the famous Old Course this morning. The golf course is directly across the road from Teach de Broc.
Play Old Course at Ballybunion
Ireland's most visited golf course, much loved by Tom Watson. A totally natural links located by the ocean, Ballybunion features many classic links holes. The contours, on the fairways and on the greens, are what make it a great golf course. There are uphill and downhill and sidehill shots, uphill and downhill par-3s. You must play accurate iron shots into the greens, usually to a small target with not a lot of room to miss right or left. But there is room to roll a ball on to the greens in the true links manner. The first six holes are enigmatic - the 2nd hole is one of the best par-4's anywhere but the two consecutive par-5's (4 ,5) are our least favourite. From the 7th the true Ballybunion unfolds and the homeward nine provide an idelible golfing memory with such classic holes as 11, 12, 15, 16, 17.
After lunch in the very comfortable clubhouse...
Play Cashen Course at Ballybunion
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Senior, and first opened for play in 1982, the Trent-Jones Cashen Course is Ballybunion's magnificent new course, located among amazingly high sand dunes at the mouth of the River Cashen. To say the course looks natural in its setting is to do it an injustice. The course flows with the land and uses the natural contours to full potential. The roller coaster through 18 spectacular holes, each with its own unique character and challenge. There are no weak holes whatsoever. From the moment that you shoot out of the funnel at the 1st right, up until your final drive over a wasteland, and thence to the magnificent finish of the elevated 18th green, you will have traversed a quite incredible golf course. This is a dateless golf course which after playing makes you ask yourself if you've ever played amid quite such surroundings.
Overnight Teach de Broc.
Check-out from Teach de Broc. Transfer to Doonbeg via Shannon Estuary Ferry (1 hour 45 minutes including 30 minute ferry crossing).
Play Doonbeg Golf Links
Greg Norman's stunning, if controversial design, on the west Clare coast, Doonbeg plays along 1.5 miles of beach and natural sand dunes. The ocean is visible from the green, fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes. The par 72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back. It plays 6,885 yards from the back tees and is located on a site orginally proposed for Lahinch Golf Club. There are several superb links holes and the par-5 1st fulfills the requirement of "Come Play Me". The approach to the 5th has a spectacular ocean view as its backdrop and the 6th offers an intimidating drive where the fairway is framed by a dune bank to the right with a steep drop to the beach on the left. Here, as throughout the course, the severity of the bunkers is noticeable - you can laugh or cry! No doubt the most controversial design aspect is the bunker in the middle of the 12th green. The course finishes with yet another great oceanside par-4 sometimes let down by the severity of the huge green.
Check in to the Doonbeg Manor and Lodge. Ireland's premier luxury golf destination. Located on the stunning southwest coast of Ireland, the suites and cottages have been individually designed and decorated so that no two are alike. Each consists of a living room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, and differing number of bedrooms. Perfect for families, couples traveling together, or groups of golfers, guests have room to relax and entertain.
Guests also enjoy the many amenities of the Lodge, including 5-star dining, spa, pub, golf shop, and concierge service.
Doonbeg with it's scenic atlantic coast line, golden beaches, rare flora and fauna, beautiful beaches and golf course. The Cliffs of Moher and the Cliffs of Baltard, to the north and south of Doonbeg, respectively, both rise majestically out of the Atlantic and are well worth a hike along the edge to take in the views. The Aran Islands, three small islands (Inisheer, Inishmaan, and Inishmore) located off the coast of the Burren, are ideal destinations for a day trip from Doonbeg. Inisheer boasts an abundance of nesting birds, Inishmaan is a botanist’s dream, home to over 300 flowering plants, and Inishmore is highly regarded for its ancient stone forts and churches.
Transfers as required to Shannon Airport for onward departure.